HRS4R Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

    HRS4R Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

    The Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences is now a proud winner of the 'HR Excellence in Research' award to promote the stimulating and favourable work environment for researchers in our institution

    In a constant effort to enable its current and future employed researchers to realize their full scientific potential, but also to enjoy the same rights and obligations as in any other European country, MedILS signed a Declaration of Commitment to “The European Charter for Researchers“ and „The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers“. Declaration.

    In doing so, it adopted recommendations describing employment principles and working conditions for researchers. The European Charter defines rights and obligations of the researchers and organizations they work in, while the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers refers to equality in employment procedures for all researchers in Europe and increases transparency in their recruitment and employment. The Charter also describes the responsibilities of researchers in terms of ethical norms, legal and contractual obligations.

    In order to achieve its goals in the form of a stimulating and effective working environment for researchers in line with European standards, MedILS in 2019. applied for the European Commission's HRS4R Human Resources Excellence in Research award. MedILS Notification Of Commitment 

    The ‘HR Strategy for Researchers’ supports research institutions and funding organizations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices. The implementation of the Charter & Code principles by research institutions render them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project. The European Commission recognizes with the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' the institutions which make progress in aligning their human resources policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, based on a customized action plan/HR strategy.

    MedILS is now in the Implementation phase, and like all HR award-winning institutions, has 24 months to implement the activities outlined in the Action Plan, according to a repeated internally conducted survey and a completed GAP Analysis and OTM-R Checklist.


    On 11 January 2021, MedILS accept a Decision on adoption of the Open, Transparent and Merit-Based Recruitment (OTM-R) policies and practices at MedILS (HR OTM-R) MedILS OTM-R Decision, in order to harmonize the employment processes at the Institute with the HRS4R procedure and the principles of the Charter and Code.

    The aim of the implementing the OTM-R Policy is to ensure equal requirements for all applicants, and an open and transparent approach to the selection of applicants for research positions, based on their achievements and abilities.


    The OTM-R Policy is based on the following principles:

    1. Openness to public

    2. Transparency

    3. Equal availability

    4. Merit-based selection

    5. Competencies of the members of the selection committees